California will require solar power on nearly all new homes

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But the upfront costs of solar panels of $10,000 or more, could be hard to cover for first-time homebuyers.

Some have noted that the ability of richer residents to indulge their need to go solar actually drives up costs for those who don't have the money to install the systems. This would make California the first state in the country to require solar panels on homes, according to the CEC.

California would be the first state with such a requirement and Commissioner David Hochschild called the vote a "bold and visionary step". What could the mandate could mean for homeowners? Governor Jerry Brown is planning a global climate summit this September. The simpler requirement to include solar panels on homes has been supported by homebuilders and environmentalists, although solar industry groups pushed for the more stringent requirements. Some economists say home and rent prices will continue to grow in 2018.

Electricity consumed by residential and commercial buildings is responsible for 14 percent of the state's greenhouse pollutants, according to the California Public Utilities Commission. Lawmakers view the solar industry as a major factor in the state's financial rebound from the last recession and key to its energy infrastructure.

In this tight housing market, any roof - with or without solar panels - is desirable, real estate agents say.

According to the Solar Foundation, California employed over 86,000 solar workers in 2017, with MA next with 11,500. Right now, roughly one in five new homes in the Golden State has rooftop solar panels.

There are some exceptions to the new code, which is updated every three years.

On very sunny days, the state's solar plants can generate more energy than the system is able to use, pushing prices into negative territory (see "Texas and California have too much renewable energy").

"Energy poverty" is determined by the growing percentage of a household's income spent on electric, heating, cooling, and transportation.

LinkSolar, a leading flexible solar panels manufacturing company, has recently announced new generation solar panels.

Some California cities, including San Francisco, San Mateo and Lancaster, already have similar ordinances in place.

"At this point, any new home or building constructed without solar power is a missed opportunity to capture clean energy from the sun and move California to a 100 percent clean energy future".

All told, the new code is meant to save Californians a net $1.7 billion on energy bills, while advancing the state's efforts to build-out renewable energy, the commission said.